An Analysis of Langston Hughes' Writing Style

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Cooper English Poetry 2223-001 Vincent Leitch 31 January 2012 True Identity defined for Society Langston Hughes’ poetry defined his true identity and made a positive impact on the black community that has inspired society for generations. Though he died in 1967, he is still one of the most critiqued writers in American poetry. In my opinion, Langston Hughes remains the most influential poet of his time, and still has a positive impact on today’s society. The symbolism understood in his “middle” writing, was reflective of his true identity because he was raised in a middle-class, African-American family. Acquiring this information has helped me identify the flaws of the American viewpoint on the black community, some of which are still seen today, nearly a century after Hughes first started writing. As a reader, I can identify the various strategies utilized by Hughes and am able to better understand the magnitude of Hughes’ themes about the black culture. Hughes was assailed for his writing on the black community. The lower class community refuted his works, claiming he was stereotypical about his subject matter and disregarded his own heritage and background. More importantly, during the period Hughes’ work was published, we can assume that middle class whites in America and Europe were reading most of his work rather than the stereotype blacks he wrote about. I believe the point of his works were to make a profit, therefore, Langston Hughes was clever to include the stereotypes. Moreover, the stereotypes in his work appealed to the middle class white readers and offered another aspect of his ingenious practice by helping to highlight the excessive impertinence for the black society. During the Civil Rights movement, Hughes’ writing was used as an example of strength in the poor, black community, particularly for the women. The
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